GS1 Databar

GS1 DataBar (formerly known as RSS or Reduced Space Symbology) is a relatively new bar code symbology that was formally adopted by the global supply chain in January 2011. The GS1 DataBar can carry all 14 digits of a manufacture’s GTIN and is more than 50% smaller than the currently used UPC and EAN symbols. This makes it particularly useful for identifying small/hard-to-mark items such as produce and pharmaceutical items. Additionally, the GS1 DataBar symbol can carry GS1 Application Identifiers which allow additional information such as serial numbers, lot numbers, and expiration dates to be encoded.

The greater dimensional efficiency combined with the ability to encode additional data opens the doors for creating trade solutions that greater support product identification, traceability, quality control, and more flexible coding for coupon applications.

Key Points:

Types of Databar Formats

Bc1

DataBar-14

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN - 8,12,13,14
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS
Bc2

DataBar-14 Stacked

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN - 8,12,13,14
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS
Bc3

DataBar Expanded

  • Maximum encodation of 74 numeric/41 alphanumberic
  • All GS1 Application Identifiers can be utilized
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS
Bc4

DataBar Expanded Stacked

  • Maximum encodation of 74 numeric/41 alphanumberic
  • All GS1 Application Identifiers can be utilized
  • Omnidirectional scanning
  • Can be used at POS
  • Used for new coupon
Bc5

DataBar-14 Limited

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN - 8,12,13,14
  • Leading digit is always 0 or 1
  • Is not used at POS
Bc6

DataBar-14 Truncated

  • 14- digit encodation
  • Used for GTIN - 8,12,13,14
  • Is not used at POS


Applications for GS1 Databar

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Fresh Food Products

Ideal for loose produce using GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional symbols. Retailers can now scan loose produce versus key entry providing 100% accuracy and achieving shrink control by differentiating conventional versus organic. Products include; Produce, Meat, Seafood, Deli, Dairy, and Bakery.

Small, hard to mark consumer product goods

Ideal for loose produce using GS1 DataBar Stacked Omnidirectional symbols. Retailers can now scan loose produce versus key entry providing 100% accuracy and achieving shrink control by differentiating conventional versus organic. Products include; Produce, Meat, Seafood, Deli, Dairy, and Bakery.

Coupons

The revised coupon format allows for much needed flexibility and security.

If you require digital barcode artwork (eps format) for any type of symbol, please contact us by phone at 800-662-0701. Our in-house service bureau can create/send these files out within minutes. As of November 2008, Databar symbols are available from www.createbarcodes.com. As an added benefit, users can use our EPS Validation site (www.epsvalidator.com) to check the accuracy of digital barcodes and also review data entry for Databar Coupon bar code symbols.

Our application is the only GS1 certified solution to provide digital barcode artwork.